Travel, The Best Education

in travel •  2 months ago

The wheels of our plane just left the ground and I'm still relishing in the culture and vitality of Montreal. This second annual trip has proven to be even better than the first. We averaged eight-to-ten miles a day of walking, that helped burn off at least some of the calories from all of that great French cuisine.

This year my friend @luckyfellow and I ventured further away from our home base of the Old Port region of the city and our comfort zones. We visited the Jean-Talon Market, Mount Royal Park, the Ukrainian Festival among others.

We also became a little better at speaking basic phrases in French. Last year shopkeepers in Montreal would answer our greeting in English, this year most responded in French. I take this as a good sign. I noticed on our last day of the trip that I was even starting to be able to read the language for the first time. My goal for next year’s trip is to be able to hold a conversation.

These past four days have only stoked the embers of my wanderlust. I’ve had a big, and slightly crazy, idea involving travel for a few months now. This idea keeps gets bigger and is pushing its way to the forefront of my mind little more each day so I know it's meant to be. Although these plans are, realistically, a few years away the groundwork is being laid now. More on that to come.


“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain


To me, travel is the best education one could expect to receive. The value you extract from a trip done right is far more than the price it costs to take. Following is a list of a few reasons why I feel this way:

1.) Frees You From Routine

Fight the urge to try to reconstruct your daily routine in the destinations you’re visiting. The familiarity of your normal daily cycles of can bring a certain level of comfort but try to mix things up when you’re on the road. It can even be as simple as ditching your morning drip coffee for the preferred caffeine delivery system of the locals like a cappuccino or espresso, or taking a long soak in a tub instead of taking your normal shower.

2.) Forces You to Relinquish Your Need for Control

Most humans feel have this innate desire to control as many aspects of their existence as they can. This instinct served our ancestors well when they were being hunted by hungry predators but it doesn’t always serve our best interest in modern society. While traveling much of your experience is completely out of your control, especially if you’re flying or traveling by rail. Your experience is largely in the hands of the TSA, the airline staff, and the weather. This can be a potent reminder that life can become much better if we take things as they come. Travel will open you up if you let it.

3.) Pushes You From Your Comfort Zone

The further you venture from your comfort zone the better and more memorable a trip will become. Try engaging with strangers a little more than you normally would at home. Ask a local what their favorite restaurant or local attraction is. You'll be surprised at how much this will enhance your experience.

4.) Makes You Less Gullible

It’s a shame that fifty-eight percent of US citizens don’t hold a passport. If more of us traveled abroad we would be much less susceptible to propaganda and brainwashing. Once you venture beyond the borders of your own country it’s quick to see that the world isn’t nearly as scary of a place as the media paints it to be. Humanity is really one big family that is mostly good in nature, with the same wishes and goals...travel quickly wakes you up to this fact.

5.) Allows You to Become Better at Saying Goodbye

When you’re in a new place and free from your regular day-to-day responsibilities everything seems five times better. As a result, after the jet lag subsides, most people are happier, more open, and often more approachable. This makes for a better life experience in general. Our senses are alive and food tastes better, destinations seem more interesting. I’ve daydreamed about moving to nearly every overseas country I’ve visited and used to feel melancholy for days after I left. The more you travel the more experienced you become at keeping these feelings in perspective. Now it's much easier for me to just be thankful for the trip, and jump right back into my work routine so I can soon have another trip to look forward to.

I hope you enjoy this slideshow of our adventures in Montreal (Note: I was a bit overzealous with the camera so the music stops long before the pictures do. )

As I sit on the flight back home to the US from Montreal I’m thinking about how lucky I am to be able to do this. I’ll be forever grateful for the freedom that Steemit has offered me. Even during the worst of the cryptocurrency bear markets and SEC-induced FUD I know that eventually there is only one way for this market to move and that is UP.

That’s all for now. I have to go plan my next trip.

Thanks for reading,

Eric

(Slideshow images are original. Gif sourced from Giphy.com)


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Ohh you were in my city! It's good to know you had fun :) Next time I recommend you explore the nature surrounding the city. Maybe hiking or skiing in Mont-Tremblant and staying in a cozy cottage in the woods.
You're photo of the construction reminds us how Montreal is always under construction lol. Ahhh, the results of harsh winters!

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Yes! Congratulations on living in such an amazing city. Thanks for the suggestions also. We hiked Mount Royal Park during this last trip and then walked back to Old Port. We’ll definitely add Mont-Tremblant to our list for next year. Can you suggest any other good food or activities? Thankfully, we were warned of the construction from someone on the flight to Montreal. They also had some of the runways shut down for construction. We didn’t experience any significant delays through.

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Yeah summer is often identified in Montreal as ''construction season''.
Sure, for food and activities in Montreal, you can send me a message on Discord (same name: jessicapixie) and I'll be happy to give you some suggestions.

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We experience that same thing in St. Paul, MN! We really only have two seasons...winter and construction. : ) Great! Thanks for the offer of suggestions.

A wonderful trip and very interesting slides of Montreal, my friend, because it's always interesting to see a new place and you are right, the journey gives us a lot that we can imagine and it's always fascinating. Well done! Thank you, Eric.

I'm touched by your enthusiasm, @ericvancewalton!! I think we should all travel at least once a year, as a gesture of affection for oneself. I also love to travel, and although I've only traveled outside my country twice, I've toured every city in my country. It's true, with each trip, people grow spiritually and intellectually! Miguel de Cervantes said: "He who reads a lot and walks a lot, sees a lot and knows a lot. Thank you for sharing your experiences! Hugs

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Thanks and I love that Cervantes quote!

That travel idea sounds interesting.... Go for it!

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I’m pretty excited about it but it’s going take some serious training and preparation!

Montreal is really beautiful and it was nice to see the montage. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I enjoy reading your travel posts too because they open my eyes to new ways and learning. This is what travelling does to you; it opens you up to new ways of learning and doing things. That experience will always play in your mind and would never leave in a heart beat. I am sure next year would be better sir. Well done sir.

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So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks!

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Always sir, always.

You make me want to go. Travel is the best thing I've ever done and I hope to never stop. And I hope you don't stop either. Go wherever you want.
So what if it sounds crazy? You have one life and you don't want to regret not doing it, I'm sure. Have fun, be wild, have an adventure.

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Wise words @honeydue! Thanks for the encouragement!

I really enjoyed this @ericvancewalton .. I did not know you and @luckyfellow lived close to each other. Sounds like you had fun.
I believe French to be the last language I would be able to learn.
I learned to spell using phonetics and the French language confuses me.

French is the language I like to hear most. It is so beautiful.

Travel also gets you out of who you think you are. You can be anyone when you travel.

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Thank you! Yes, Juan and I have been friends for nearly twenty years. We developed our creative careers side-by-side. I have a difficult time with French if the learning isn’t immersive but each time we’re there I start picking it up really quickly because it’s everywhere. Your last few sentences are true! Travel makes you cast aside preconceived limitations.

Nice trip and a lovely travelling experience, I know you had a good time exploring newer things and also a wonderful time and fun

Great.. In my opinion, Travel increases confidence, travel leads to knowledge.

To be honest I do really need to feel those chills and the things for thyself and hopefully will be able to do those someday and I am sure they will leave a memory forever in my life.

Enjoy buddy !

@ericvancewalton excellent post dear friend, congratulations for having achieved independence, steemit helped many people to become independent, some of it is who writes, I never thought I could make money by telling my story via.
if place to doubts the vijar is a huge source of learning, knowing other culture teaches you to value yours.
Thank you very much for sharing this experience with us
I wish you a prosperous week
I really appreciate the support you give to my work, you are very kind. Thank you

Trust me, I've never traveled out of my state for pleasure or anything close to that. But I long for one day that I will, it makes a lot of sense, also vacation here is agreed to be for the rich.

Pushing me from my comfort zone and making less in control makes me like travelling.

Every travel teach us a new lesson .

Pushes You From Your Comfort Zone The further you venture from your comfort zone the better and more memorable a trip will become. Try engaging with strangers a little more than you normally would at home. Ask a local what their favorite restaurant or local attraction is. You'll be surprised at how much this will enhance your experience.
Fully agree with your 3rd point

Your all article is good on travel . Anthony bourdain thinking is very good on travel .

Every journey teaches us some new experiences. Some memories leave. every journey is not always good and every journey is not always bad. But we must learn something from every journey. Good article .

Everyone should travel and should continue to take little breaks in between it keeps you refreshed up and give energetic vibes

Great Post...

Wow....... Really lovely post..my dear friend